Hoya Corporation

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Hoya Corporation
Public company
TYO: 7741
Industry Electronic Compo-Misc
Founded November 1, 1941; 73 years ago (1941-11-01)
Headquarters Tokyo, Japan
Key people
Hiroshi Suzuki, President & CEO
Products Optical and other products
Revenue Increase US$ 4,4 billion (2010)
Increase US$ 405,3 million (2010)
Number of employees
Website www.hoya.co.jp/english

Hoya Corporation (HOYA株式会社 Hoya Kabushiki Gaisha?) is a Japanese company manufacturing optical products such as photomasks, photomask blanks and glass magnetic-memory disks, contact lenses and eyeglass lenses using wavefront technology[clarification needed] for the health-care market,[1] medical photonics,[2] lasers, photographic filters, and software. The headquarters are in 2-7-5 Naka-Ochiai, Shinjuku, Tokyo. Hoya Corporation is one of the Forbes Global 2000 Leading Companies [3] and Industry Week 1000 Company.[4]

Hoya acquired the camera company Pentax in 2007, for the price of US$1 billion, about 10% more than Pentax was valued at the time. In June 2010 the grandson of the corporation's founder Yutaka Yamanaka [5] proposed changes to the Board of Directors to prevent what he called such "mistakes" from happening again.[6][7]

On October 1, 2011, Hoya sold its Pentax camera business to Ricoh.[8][9]

History of Hoya-Pentax merger[edit]

Hoya discussed a merger with Pentax into Hoya Pentax HD Corporation during 2007. Hoya's primary goal was to strengthen its medical-related business by taking advantage of Pentax's technologies and expertise in the field of endoscopes, intraocular lenses, surgical loupes, biocompatible ceramics, etc. It was speculated that Pentax's camera business could be sold off after the merger. The merger was initially intended to be completed by October 1, 2007.[10] However, Pentax management decided to not pursue the originally planned share swap, and other options for a merger were discussed.[11] On May 25, the Pentax board of directors accepted Hoya's offer for a merger.[12] On August 6, 2007, Hoya completed a friendly takeover bid for Pentax and acquired 90.59% of the company.[13] On October 29, 2007, Hoya and Pentax announced that Pentax, as the company ceasing to exist, will merge with and into Hoya on March 31, 2008.[14]

The acquired Pentax surveying instrument business (later IT Asahi Co., Ltd.) and camera business (now Pentax Ricoh Imaging Co., Ltd.) were sold to Taiwan Instrument Co., Ltd. in 2009 and Ricoh Co., Ltd. in 2011, respectively.

Business ethics and corporate social responsibility[edit]

In 2008, the glass disk subsidiary in Thailand was involved in a labour dispute. After the involvement of some customers that the dismissed workers were reinstated, and both management and union accepted to participate in harmonious communication.[15]

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  1. ^ "Home". Hoyalux iD. Retrieved 2014-08-10. 
  2. ^ "HOYA Photonics, Inc™". Hoyaphotonicsinc.com. Retrieved 2014-08-10. 
  3. ^ Forbes http://www.forbes.com/companies/hoya/#.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "The 2013 IndustryWeek 1000". IndustryWeek. 2013-06-07. Retrieved 2014-08-10. 
  5. ^ Yutaka Yamanaka (2012-01-08). "Yutaka Yamanaka's opinion - Our Pension is in Danger ! ! - 健全な資本市場改革で、僕らの世代の貴重な年金資産を守ろう". Yutakayamanaka.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2014-08-10. 
  6. ^ Alpeyev, Pavel; Ueno, Eijiro (2010-05-26). "Hoya Founder's Grandson Calls Pentax Acquisition 'Failure,' Seeks Reforms". Bloomberg. 
  7. ^ "Business News, Stock market & Financial Advice". Businessweek. Retrieved 2014-08-10. 
  8. ^ Don Reisinger, CNET. "Hoya sells off Pentax digital camera business." Jul 1, 2011. Retrieved Jul 1, 2011.
  9. ^ "HOYA Announces Closing of Sale of the PENTAX Imaging Systems Business". HOYA Corporation. 2011-10-01. Retrieved 2012-01-27. 
  10. ^ "Hoya and Pentax to merge". dpreview.com. Retrieved 16 May 2015. 
  11. ^ "HOYA株式会社" (PDF). hoya.co.jp. Retrieved 16 May 2015. 
  12. ^ http://www.dpreview.com/news/0705/07052502pentaxhoyatakeover.asp.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. ^ "Notice Regarding the Results of the Tender Offer for the Shares of PENTAX Corporation and Change of Subsidiary" (PDF). HOYA Corporation. 2007-08-07. Retrieved 2007-08-07. 
  14. ^ "Public Notice of Execution of Merger Agreement" (PDF). HOYA Corporation & PENTAX Corporation. 2007-10-29. Retrieved 2007-10-31. 
  15. ^ "Hoya Glass Disk (Thailand) - a long road to unionisation". goodelectronics.org. Retrieved 16 May 2015. 

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